By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Soon, action in the House Leagues of the Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) will be coming to an end.
But before the hearing of Jimmy Morrison and The Doors’ tune, “The End”, there are still a few games left to play for the Rockets in every division, a few tournaments, and playoff runs, to report on in the Hockey Files.Read More...
The Novice Rockets as well as a few Tyke Rockets had a great opportunity to show off their skills recently during the second intermission of an OHL game in North Bay.
The game between the North Bay Battalion and the Windsor Spitfires was slated for Jan. 31 at Memorial Gardens in North Bay. Windsor eventually won the game 4-2, but not before the Rockets were on the ice in full gear, and performed before the regular crowd at Battalion games, as well as the Rocket players’ parents, families and friends in the section behind the homeside net.
Kudos to the Battalion organization for showcasing minor hockey associations from the area during their games. Minor hockey players get to meet Junior A players and staff, receive autographs and game programs, and tour the dressing rooms.
In Atom action, the Rockets sputtered and crashed as they were hammered 12-2 by a very good Temiscaming Royals club on Feb. 10. The team from Quebec looked more like an “A” club than a House League franchise as the contest was so one-sided. There were 12 goals scored by Temiscaming, but the scoring was pretty well spread out through the whole roster, as only one player had more than one goal (two), and only one player had three points (one goal and two assists).
Anyway, both Mattawa goals were scored by Noah Backer. The Rockets took three of the four penalties called by on-ice officials, Carter Bangs and Ethan McLean.
Peewee action saw the Rockets defeat the Blue Sky Orthodonist Peewee club 7-4 in Mattawa on Feb. 2.
Henry Wunsch recorded the hat trick and Owen Williams scored twice to lead the way for Mattawa. Other goals went to Logan Morin and Denver Landriault. Assists went to Casey Jones with a pair, Peyton Lamirante, Tara Maxwell, and Hailey Belanger. Morin was credited with the winner., scored with only 6.3 seconds left in the second period. Mattawa led 4-1 after one period, 5-2 after two frames, with the clubs adding two goals apiece to their total in the third stanza. No penalties were whistled down.
The Bantam Rockets ventured to Deep River on Feb. 2 to take part in a one-day tournament and returned home as “B” champions.
Eoghan Drumm was the hero in the B final as he scored the winning tally with 4:34 remaining in the game to give the Rockets a 6-5 victory over the Fort Coulonge Comets. Faidge Janveaux, who had a pair of tallies in the contest, assisted on the winning goal.
The first two periods of the game was a seesaw affair as the lead changed a number of times. The teams were tied 2-2 after one period and 5-5 after two frames, before the heroics of Drumm in the third stanza. Other goals went to Maddox Backer with two, and Cari Bernard. Assists went to Noah Webster, Backer, and Drumm. The Comets took two of the three penalties called in the matchup.
Before the championship game, Mattawa lost 4-1 to the Deep River Knights, and defeated the Petawawa “3” club 3-1.
Drumm scored the lone goal for Mattawa in the loss, while Bryant Elliott earned an assist. Deep River led 2-0 after one period, 3-1 after two frames, and added a single tally in the third stanza. The Rockets took one of the four penalties whistled down in the match.
The next matchup saw goals by Janveaux, Webster and Backer, and the victory enabled the Rockets to advance to the B championship game.
In two regular season NDHL matches on Feb. 3 in Mattawa, the Rockets came away with a 3-2 loss and a 3-1 win versus the Temiscaming Royals.
Backer and Bernard had the goals in the loss; Backer also had an assist. The visitors led 2-0 after one period and 3-2 after two frames, with no scoring in the third stanza. Mattawa took five of the seven penalties called in the game.
In the victory, the Rockets were led by Janveaux who had the winning tally early in the third stanza, and assisted on the clincher by Backer with 34.6 seconds remaining in the game. Drumm had the other counter while Colton Laplante and Elliott chipped in with assists. The Rockets picked up the only penalty in the contest.
Upcoming Hockey at Mike Rodden Arena
A Bantam Major AA game is scheduled at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:40 pm. The Nickel City Jr. Sons will play the North Bay Trappers. Admission is free with a donation to the Mattawa Food Bank. Everyone is urged to come out and support this cause. Featured in the game will be a Mattawa product in the name of Dallas Landriault who suits up for the Trappers. This is another reason to come out and support this event.
Coming up is a Men’s Hockey Tournament hosted by the Mattawa Figure Skating Club (MFSC). It is slated for March 1, 2 and 3 at the Mike Rodden Arena.
Included in the tourney are two age divisions, “Open” and “35+”. A dance is scheduled for the Saturday night (March 2) with music provided by “DJ Mitchell”. For more info contact Lucie Desrochers at 705 744-2311 or Jason Belanger at 705 358-2097. “Come out and have fun,” said Desrochers.
Also coming up are two Novice Rocket games on Feb. 16 at 10am and 1 pm at the Mike Rodden Arena. The Rockets will host the Temiscaming Royals.